Moke's First Day.

Moke's First Day.

A critically endangered baby gorilla was born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo this week. He is the first gorilla birth in nine years (and duh, he’s adorable).

Moke (“Little One” in Lingala) is likely to be a crowd-pleaser, but what other animals are arriving this spring? Is a new panda coming our way? We discuss what it takes to care for “zoo-borns” and how the weather is affecting zoo attendance.


  • Brandie Smith Associate Director of Animal Care Sciences, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute; @NationalZoo

Take A Look At The Zoo's New Arrivals

The Amazing Birth of Moke

Calaya, a 15 year-old Western Lowland Gorilla, gave birth to her son Moke (pronounced “Mo-Key”) on April 16, 2018.

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